Saturday, April 3, 2010

Chapter doings

60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y. 10940
Vol. 3, April 23-25, 2010

** Meeting Notice: The monthly April meeting will be substituted by the State Conference to be held at Honor’s Haven Resort and Spa from Friday, April 23rd to the 25th.

President’s Message:  

            As stated above this month’s chapter meeting will be substituted by the State Conference. The conference will host 31 presentations, 5 posters, flintknapping and a tour of Dutchess Cave. The conference is open to all and there is something for everybody from amateur to professional. Please check other postings here for more details and updates:

            We still need a few people to help with the reception table and audio-visual. If you are willing to assist us please let me know as soon as possible.

            I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events.


DUES: Many thanks for those who have sent in their dues. As we change to electronic mailings, you will no longer be reminded by the date next to your name on the envelope.  Please remit by April 1stso that we can report you as a member of the NYS Association.  Active membership is $25 and Dual Membership is $35. Please see Ray Decker, our treasurer, at our meeting or send a check to IOCCNYSAA, 60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y.  10940.

Chapter member Henry J. Chaya would like to know if anyone has found obsidian within the tri state area. This can include projectile points, flakes or other forms. He would like to determine where the obsidian originated. Please contact President David Johnson if you have information to contribute to the survey.

Phone – 845-454-1860


*** If anyone has any archaeology magazines or others related to this topic and would like to share them with other members please bring them in.


*** Forum:   Members are encouraged to send in items for the next newsletter. 

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Other tidbits . . .

Thanks to member Kevin Storms for graciously providing the cover art for the upcoming NY State Conference program!    Check out Kevin Storm's Fine Art blog 

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Gary Keeton continues speaking about the Tunkamoose Mastodon Tusk discovery at many schools and to civic groups!

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On April 1st (no joke) members Clif Patrick, Fred & Sharon Assmus, journeyed to Palmer Township, PA, just outside of Easton, where Clif told the story of how he became the Chapter's "Accidental Publicist."

 A lively discussion period followed with the members of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology  Chapter 14, The Forks of The Delaware about the profound effects publicity has had on our Chapter over the last five years.

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Prof. Ellie McDowell-Loudan, SUNY Cortland will speak at our May 21st meeting planning to discuss new information and current interpretations about the Miller Site and its relationship to other sites in Central New York. 

"The Miller Site:  35 CO 32--What we've learned so far and what we hope to do this year"  The site near located near an old meander of the East Branch of the Tioughnioga River in Cortland County, NY, is more than a lithic workshop.  So far, three distinct areas of human activity have been found, one of which contained Late Woodland pottery sherds that are badly battered and fragmented.  The other two appear to be of Late Archaic times.  Our small crew, bad weather, and short field season limited what has been accomplished so far. We have enough to develop a better research plan for 2010 and ask for suggestions, too!
How's that for your "blurb" in the newsletter?

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See ya at the conference!
Make sure to register with Ray now and let Dave know that you are coming!

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